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3 x 3 Eyes

3 x 3 Eyes

Yakumo was just a normal boy... until he died in a tragic accident. Now, resurrected by the last of a race of powerful creatures, he has become her Wu, an immortal servant. Together, they must battle against Benares, the all-powerful Wu of the dark lord Shiva. What dark secrets from Pai's past will this battle unearth?

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himurakenshin himurakenshin says...

Very similar animes in several respects. Lead female (Powerful, non-human characters in each) have two personalities. One overly cute, the other serious or even evil. Their lives become entwined with those of an ordinary lead male and an ackward relationship develops. Both contain a quite a bit of blood. Animation style is one of the biggest differences. If you enjoyed the plot or character relations of one, I'd definitely recommend watching the other.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Both Elfen Lied and 3x3 Eyes feature lots of blood and have a very similar main character. If you liked one, try the other.

Quickben Quickben says...

Both Elfen Lied and 3 x 3 Eyes have a female with two personalities as the lead character, and both contain a fair amount of gore. What sets 3 x 3 Eyes apart from Elfen Lied is that it doesn't contain any of the relationship humor (changing nyuu, anyone?) nor a wicked government theme as Elfen Lied does. Instead, 3 x 3 Eyes focuses more on magic and beating the really evil guy. To sum it up if you liked the split personality and the gore of Elfen Lied you definitely will like 3 x 3 Eyes.

Kastrophee Kastrophee says...

In both Elfen Lied and 3x3 Eyes, an ordinary male protagonist is shoved into abnormal circumstances and thus tied into the life of an unusual girl with two personalities. There wouldn't be any story if love didn't sprout from this, nor the occasional humor, but the gore and violence definitely makes these not lighthearted. They both share a similar feel and are both excellent; you can not go wrong with either of these if you like this type of show. Though 3 x 3 Eyes doesn't have the ecchi qualities of Elfen Lied and has more horror elements.

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

The overall mood in each of these anime is dissimilar, but they share lead female characters that go from dangerous, and even evil, to sweet and completely innocent in a heartbeat. Both series are violent, Elfen Lied being much more so. Both anime develop a romantic relationship involving an ordinary boy and an extraordinary girl. 3x3 Eyes has a supernatural element that is absent in Elfen Lied's more realistic setting. The split personality of the main characters, and the problems they cause is the main reason to justify this recommendation.

Ran Ran says...

Both 3x3 Eyes and Elfen Lied have a main female character with a double personality; she is either a cute and innocent teenager or a deadly and powerful creature who seeks to have a normal human life.

Cauvin Cauvin says...

3 x3 Eyes explores the innocent yet very powerful Pai in the same way that Elfen Lied does with Lucy. Both Lucy and Pai have two personalities, one being cute and innocent and the other being very powerful and ruthless.

chii chii says...

Both leads have 2 very different personalities. One is a pretty clueless fun loving girl. The other kills without remorse. Both anime have a lot of bloodshed. 3x3 eyes doesn't have any of the ecchiness that Elfen Lied does. If you liked one check out the other.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

A powerful girl with a split personality disorder, a clueless boy, and powerful forces looking to destroy the girl. With a mixture of drama and graphic scenes, the feel of the animes are similar.

NeiniAurora3500 NeiniAurora3500 says...

Both main characters Lucy and Pai have split personalities. And they are different from humans. Lucy being a Diclonius and Pai being a Demon.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The main female character in both Elfin Lied and 3x3 Eyes have very strong forceful personalities, not to mention the fact that neither one of them is human!  There are some awkward developments with the hero of the story because the personality of the heroines changes from nice to an entirely different character altogether, one that is stern and even antagonizing.  The charm of the innocent girl verses the serial killer aspect in both Pai (3x3 Eyes) and Nyu (Elfin Lied) is very intriguing.

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World

One day a light descends from the sky and splits into the ideal girls of Takeru and Ryou. That is where this gentle and vaguely romantic story about our ugly and beautiful world begins. Soon enough the story plummets into the secrets of global extinction and the meaning of life. Everything in this world that is beautiful has something ugly in it, and that ugliness is part of the secret of its beauty. Even for romance this is true...

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Cythraul Cythraul says...

Both series demonstrate the dangers of picking up stray lolis. Konomini doesn't quite deliver on the gory realism part, though.

JAhU JAhU says...

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World is very similar to Elfen Lied, except for the gore element. It has the same twisted plot and some ecchi, but gore is not included. If you can stand the complete lack of slaughter in a show that looks like it was based on Elfen Lied, you should try watching TUYBW.

ndupes500 ndupes500 says...

Both of the series has cute girls with power to destroy, they are both amzing and im sure you'll enjoy both of them if you enjoy naked women, super powers, and total badassery.

KawaiiMoonKitten KawaiiMoonKitten says...

Both of these fantastic anime start off with similar story lines. The girl who forgot her past, for whatever reason, now must depend on the kind hearted man with the troubled past to take care of her until all the secrets from her past are revealed. However, each anime has enough of a unique twist that it is worth investing in them both.

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Elfen Lied and This Ugly Yet Beautiful World are a perfect pair. In both we have non-human female characters with a dual personality and a potential for being highly destructive that suddenly find themselves surrounded by humans. With no memory of the past, these girls provide the drama with plenty of nudity along the way. This Ugly Yet Beautiful World had many comic moments that eventually give way to deeper reflections while Elfen Lied is known for its violent content and emotional tragedy.

crimsonredwings crimsonredwings says...

They both deal with girls that are not human and how the human guy they love interacts with them. They also both have a cousin that other cousin. They are more than similar and if you have only seen 1 your missing out on the other. 

megab megab says...

These shows are much alike and very entertaining in different ways. Both girls have split personalties that want to cause harm and destruction and other side to them is they are nice and sweet. Lucy/Nyuu from Elfen Lied is a mass murder and Hikari is an outer space being wanting to destroy the earth. 

Elfen lied is very violent show a lot blood shed in it some hot shots in the show. 

This Ugly Yet Beautiful world is very funny show (thats my opinion) it also has hot shots in their and it has a good romance story. (Thanks for reading my recommendation MegaB) 

Axiswolfstar Axiswolfstar says...

In these animes you have the main female characters that have the potential to bring about the destruction of the human race.  However, to help you see the main male protagonist has the potential to influence her to fall to either the good or the bad.  Both of these shows are about the emotional interaction between the characters.

As the series progresses you get to see the up and downs of the relationship as well as the beauty of love.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime evolve around a young man who stumbles upon a loli-character who is frequently naked, doesn't understand human habits, and has amnesia. As the anime progresses, the loli-character is shown to have a destructive alter ego. While Elfen Lied has a a focus on bloodshed, the animes have similar character dynamics and relationships. 

jypsyjulia jypsyjulia says...

This similarities between This Ugly Yet Beautiful World and Elfen Lied are astounding.  Both star a "different from the rest" heroine who has lost her memory from trauma; both girls also have two distinct personalities: one being sweet and naiive, the other bloodthirsty and vengeful.  These animes are about human nature and the question of whether or not humans are inherently evil and incapable of redemption.  They also feature a similar cast, from the clueless male to the male's friend (who happens to be a girl and has a secret crush on him).  If you enjoyed one, you should try out the other!

Jdogtoocool Jdogtoocool says...

There are too many similarities to list. Basically if you liked one you'll love the other. Elfen Lied has a lot of gore and has a very serious atmosphere. TUYBW involves a lot more supernatural elements and focuses more on the romance. Outside of those differences you're getting a very similar anime.

School Days

School Days

When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin to date. However, Kotonoha isn’t the only one with eyes for Makoto - a fact that any horny teenager would be delighted with. With endless temptations, lies and heartbreak at every turn, Makoto and Kotonoha’s relationship will soon be put to the ultimate test...

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januar januar says...

School Days and Elfen Lied are very similar. When I first started watching School Days I figured it would be another funny school-type comedy series, but it's definitely more like Elfen Lied. You should prepare yourself emotionally before you start to watch these, honestly!

MrKorrrn MrKorrrn says...

School Days and Elfen Lied are very much alike in the terms of geting to know the charaters . In both series theay have realy manage to express what theay are feeling inside. You can realy see what the characters are going thew. Also these series isn't something you'll forget in the first time becouse theay are so touching.

Theay have realy manage to show the emotions, who I think is the best part of all anime. And it's the reason why I love anime so much.

Side of that if you'll find it intresting to see one of these: I strongly recomend to have something to wipe your tears whit. :P

risuta risuta says...

Well, at first, one would never expect that there would be a recomendation for someone who liked School Days to like Elfeni Lied as well, or the oposite, but here it is! School Days might seem like just an ordinary romance/school life anime but that is not all. School Days starts with romance, but as you watch mor epiosdes, you start questioning the characters, their morals and their sanity. Something Similar happens to Elfen Lied as well. Both anime show you how odd and indescribable human nature can be. One has to do with evolved humans with invisible hands, the other with mere high school students, but the point is, that they both leave you with a good lesson as far as life is concerned and a feeling of astonishment and awe.

fizrox fizrox says...

Romance + violence = really good anime. That is the simplest way to explain, why fans of one of these will enjoy another if the equation mentioned seems true to them. In addition, it has to be addmited that both of these anime have really good stories and very uniqe characters.

AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

Brutal and violent, Elfen Lied is a more in-your-face version of School Days. Boy loves girl, girl loves boy, other girl loves boy too, chaos ensues. Elfen Lied is more violent, but stories delve into the depths of what a person can do in the name of love.

MrsickVisionz MrsickVisionz says...

Well, both of the shows are about young people who are stuck in some messed up romantic relationships.  They both have a good bit of gore in them as well.

Elfen Lied has alot more gore, but both shows share that "tragic romance" element where you're rooting for couples that just aren't meant to be.  If you liked the sad romance thats in Elfen Lied, you will love love love love love School Days.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Elfen Lied and School Days felt incredibly similar to me. They were both like trainwrecks I just couldn't stop watching. And even when they were trying to be soft/sweet/tender/whatever, you just KNEW something was going to happen, that someone would screw everything up and it would all end terribly.

They're also both chock-full of un-intentional comedy, due to how over-the-top and ridiculous everything is. (If you can get past the idiocy and melodrama of it all)

SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

'Elfen Lied' is gory, disturbing and contains a fair amount of nudity. Just like ecchi Anime 'School Days'.

 

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Packed full of tragedy and emotional scenes, Elfen Lied and School Days are full of hard situations to deal with. They each have a twist on the plot line that will keep you guessing until the very end. It seems that is is hard for the characters to express themselves and both series show a different side to human nature.

TheMulchmeister TheMulchmeister says...

Both series were really emotional and touching for me personally. I love how both series have innocent looking characters who we find out contain a variety of flaws - wheter that be infidelity, lust or killing people. So for the whole angst and charater level I can see a clear connection between both series

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime are fairly good at getting you nice and relaxed for another ecchi comedy, then they go psychotic and paint the screen red. Yandare at its finest.

Mirai Nikki TV

Mirai Nikki TV

Yuki is a disaffected middle school boy who has no dreams or goals in life; in fact, the only thing he has is his diary. Writing down everything he observes and documenting every thought, the young boy uses it as an outlet for his imagination. One morning, however, Yuki wakes up to find his cell phone filled with diary entries for the next ninety days. Thinking nothing of it, he continues his morning until he begins to realize that everything on his phone is rapidly coming to pass, and it isn't just mere coincidence. Now, Yuki suddenly finds himself thrust into a survival game against other future diary owners to become the new Lord of Time.

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animeandwwefanDXXD animeandwwefanDXXD says...

Both animes have a similar feel, and significant amount of blood and gore, although Elfen lied has way more (so far compared to mirai nikki) and is a lot more disturbing in nature/themes, but also both animes somehow manage to have this along with cuteness from the same main charachter that kills people - Yuno/Lucy and then they both develop a relationship with the main male charachter - yukki/Kota

so overall if you like gore/blood animes then you would like either, and even if you don't, you still might like them for the romance/cuteness!

 i was reccomenned both these animes from my friends, and despite not liking gore, i still liked elfen lied for the romance/cuteness, and mirai nikki as well, so far has a really interesting concept.

Ebhen Ebhen says...

Yep! They are both about scary but cute girls that have no hesitation to kill people they think are in their way or are threatening to themselves or the person they love. :) There is a lot of violence and blood but you get used to it when the story grabs you.Elfen Lied surpass Mirai Nikki though in that area but the other have more psychologic approach. But to be honest, the show have a good storyline so you don't mind the gore and violence after a while.The connection between the two lead characters are the glue to hold the show together.

Mirai Nikki have an anoying and stupid main character that can drive anyone crazy but Yuno makes up for it somehow with here Yandere-style that is way of the scale! :)

(Mirai Nikki isn't finished when I write this so I can't say anything about the ending yet)

Salvio Salvio says...

Like the twisted, morbid story? Like the voilence and the killing? Blood doesn't bother you? Crazy girls with pink hair that kill without batting an eyelash? Then this is the anime for you!

popmik popmik says...

as mentioned by others, there's a lot of blood and gore in both animes and in both you've got twisted main female characters

nobless1368 nobless1368 says...

If you like rivers of blood and serial killers than you will like this anime too! Total genocide and mysterious challenges don't let you go until the end.

Din0queen Din0queen says...

Mirai Nikki and Elfen Lied have a lot of things in common, Elfen Lied has more gore but Mirai Nikki has more psychological warfare, they're both great to watch and if you like one, you'll definitely like the other one, the headcharacters are also pretty similar, Lucy/Nyu and Yuno both have a cute side as well as a murderous side, and then we have Yukkii and Kouta, both boys who, over time, learn more and more about what's happening

mihira mihira says...

They are very similar in violence, brutality and both have a cowardly guy, but Mirai Nikki has a better plot.

LagannHorizon LagannHorizon says...

Gore galore, and a love story between two people who have a twisted past with one another. Both are superb anime and I could not recommend them any higher. Stop everything in your life and watch these!

Noiz19 Noiz19 says...

Well they both have a relationship based story, and they bth have horror and thriller. they are both enticing and intereting, i recommed both of them and if youve watched one, watch thet other.

xanixade xanixade says...

Has same plot bending, same horrifical kind of characters which live a dramatic love. If u loved Elfen Lied. Then this is what you should also love.

usagishiroi usagishiroi says...

Both have a deep story and heavy on the darkside. Mirai Nikki deals with a boy who is stuck in a avoidable situation, while Elfen Lied is about a girl who was was treated like a test subject and is "broken" mentaly. they both have to fight to live and both have to come to terms with whats around them. I would reccomend both of these anime more mature people due to the graphic nature of both. 

Lunar Legend Tsukihime

Lunar Legend Tsukihime

With a past shrouded in mystery and a blank memory, Shiki Tohno seems to be just another "average high school student". That is, until he nearly kills a female vampire with his secret deadly ability to "see the lines". His journey to unlock the secrets of the Tohno family and unbury his own lost memories has only just begun, and now he must also help the woman, Arcueid Brunestud, find a lethal phantom named Roa, and kill it using his ability.

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CheesyP18 CheesyP18 says...

These two series are frightenly alike. The atmosphere and tone that these two animes set are incredible. I watched both of these in my room with the lights off in the middle of the night. Sometimes both just gave me chills, either just by sheer bluntness each anime portrays, or the presence of romance. Also both deal with supernatural beings, vampires and diclonius. If you're looking for more of that dark mood, just check either one of these out.

shvartzi shvartzi says...

If you felt strange tension in the air while watching Elfen Lied then you should try Lunar Legend Tsukihime. The main character named Shiki has unique power to kill just like Lucy. The plot of Lunar Legend Tsukihime isn't very alike to Elfen Lied but the mood of the whole series and some characters are similar. So check it out!

zpatzer zpatzer says...

Both Elfen Lied and Tsukihime have a masterful storyline and nice bloody scenes. These series are both outstanding and deal with unnatural creatures. 

leo4444 leo4444 says...

Both Elfen Lied and Tsukihime are short but offer good stories. They both deal with internal conflicts. They both have a lot of violence and aren't the happiest anime, so they have their sad parts. In both anime the main characters learn forgotten memories from the past as the story goes on. I really enjoyed watching both of these anime and in both of them you will wonder what happens after last episode.

tasanime tasanime says...

Both Elfen Lied and Tsukihime successfully tell the supernatural tales of young individuals who, as they slowly uncover the mysteries of their pasts, discover a power that will serve to destroy the world they live in or the ones they come to love. If you were drawn into the darkness, mystery, bloody nature or supernatural ambience of one, than you'll find it difficult not to enjoy the other.

Halcyon Halcyon says...

Elfen Lied and Lunar Legend Tsukihime does not have very much in common. Still, I coulnd't help getting the same feeling from both series. That dark atmosphere, gruesome action sequences, and a little feeling of horror. And just like Elfen Lied, Lunar Legend Stukihime is not for the feint of heart. Still, I reccomend watching it if you liked Elfen Lied.

fizrox fizrox says...

When you look for some good thriller story, both Elfen Lied and Tsukihime should satisfy you. You can find some cliffhangers as well as abnormal motives in these stories.

brenda310 brenda310 says...

both anime have a great ost also they give this supense/mystery/drama feeling that i loved. also the characters in both anime have a dark past! if you like want i recommed that you try the other one both anime are just great!   

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The supernatural tales of two female individuals trying to go about their every day lives while relying on a seemingly weaker male character is what you get in both Lunar Legend Tsukihime and Elfin Lied.  While watching the viewer will uncover the mysteries of the characters past seeing how it will effect their relationships in the future.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these animes have a similar atmosphere of the supernatural seeping into everyday life. Both involve guys that get their lives completely flipped by supernatural ladies. While Elfen Lied is definitely more bloody than Tsukihime, there is plenty of supernatural fighs in both. Also, Tsukihime's opening song reminded me of Elfen Lied's opening song.